Chinese Medicine has been practiced for thousand of years. As practitioners of acupuncture we are continually amazed by the effect that is achieved by needling few points on the entire being of man. 22 years ago as a student of computers I was exposed to the binary system and than I realized that the basic concept of vibration and energy flow is in the idea of impulse which made by the conjunction of two opposites. The meeting point of these creates a new beginning of vibration which duplicates itself again and again all the time but manifest in different way according to the existence that it meets, which changes together with the change of its surrounding all the time.
Chinese Medicine covers the complete spectrum of existence by having answers to all level of the phenomena of life. Herbology and diet are both working via the inner physical aspect of man, Tuina and Manuel techniques are working via the outer physical body, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are exercises which are working on the inner function of the Zang-Fu and the circulation of Chi, Acupuncture is the highest level of energetic medicine which works on the total balance of the three aspects of man: Heaven-Man-Earth, Spirit-Body-Mind.
As a student of Acupuncture in the beginning of the 80's I always wanted to understand how acupuncture works. After more than 20 years of work as practitioner, lecturer, adviser, researcher and academic dean in different institutes I can surely claim that the beginning of the whole concept of acupuncture lie on the I-Ching.
The basic concept of the I-Ching goes back to the energy fields which made by the interaction of different forms of vibration which basically categorized as positive and negative or in our terms Yin-Yang. The I-ching relies that every phenomena is based on a pre condition and that is why we have the two arrangements of Trigrams: Fu-Shi, the pre heaven or so called the precondition and the King-Wen, the post heaven or so called new condition. Knowing that the basic construction of a trigram is three lines which can be open (Yin ) or closed ( Yang ) __ __ / ____ and the lines are arranged in a tower like (top/middle/lower) which represent the concept of Heaven, Earth and Man or Heaven, Man and Earth we understand that the eight different trigrams represent the interaction of Yin and Yang expression in every thing between Heaven and Earth.
We can understand that each trigram creates a different energy field by the vibration wave which radiates from its nuclear that expresses the interchange of yin and yang in every individual trigram.
By studying in depth the foundation of Chinese Medicine that include: The 5 elements, The Stems and Branches, Deep energy aspects of each organ, The Six division, Pulse diagnosis, The Eight Extra Meridians and more I came to the conclusion that understanding the relation between trigrams-organs-5elements corresponds- deep energy and climate of each energy is the key to introduce the change that we as practitioners of Acupuncture would like to do.
For example kidney
water: 5 elements
Metal: Deep Energy
Shao Yin: 6 division
Kun (3 Yin): Trigram
Ren Mai: Eight Extra Mai
Taking this information we can explain all phenomena's that belongs to the action of the Kidney organ and the action of the points of the Kidney Mai.
Kidney 7 is the Metal point of Kidney Metal is concentration of Chi, the Chi of Kidney is the original chi of Man so Kid-7 is a concentration point of Yin as essence and Yang as energy, more we know that The Kidney has Metal deep energy which form a more condensation and more concentration basic energies, more so is that the basic energy of man belong to the lowest point in the trunk at the point REN-1 which from there the Yin and Yang originate, the Ren mai correspond to the trigram Kun which also correspond to the Kidney.
To make that short we say that Kid-7 is the best point to tonifies the yin and Yang in the body.
Another way to use the Trigrams in our practice is to form the trigram structure by selecting 3 points one at the top of the body one at the middle part of the body and one at the lower part of the body. Example: For tonifying the Kidney we can select SP-6, REN-6 and KID-27 these points are all Yin point in the Heavenly part of the body, the Earthly part of the body and at Man part of the body. Using these points we construct the trigram KUN which corresponds to the Kidney and to Ren mai.
About the Author:
Roni Sapir B.Ac. MIACCM DWFCMS is the founder and academic dean of the East-West School of Chinese Medicine in Israel.